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LMI Report Apr 10 – Apr 14, 2017

Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence of the articles, edited excerpts are provided below (along with web links to the full articles – to be accessed at the option of the reader). A selection of specific reference links is included in the last section. Regular perusal of this report is likely to foster a good sense of local and broader labour market conditions and, also, any one article may at times prove to be a ‘gem’, something of particular relevance or value to a given reader. Find this report and past issues online at: http://kcds.ca/employer

 

LOCAL

 

 

To provide a snapshot of a key element of the local labour market we include this graphical look at employment postings, in five categories, from our job board for the Nelson area. Each week a new set of data is compiled and added and the past week’s data moved back, providing a five week visual perspective on job availability. [Note: This tool is an indicator but not an exact measure of all job postings and/or opportunities for the area. Readers are free to draw their own conclusions from the information provided and are also encouraged to develop networking contacts as part of their job search, instead of relying on job postings alone. KCDS assumes no liability for the accuracy of the information, or its interpretation, as presented in this LMI Report.]

 

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

B.C. workers first in line for jobs: Province secures environmental benefits in agreement with Trans Mountain

BC Gov News April 8, 2017

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017MNGD0075-001168

The provincial government and Trans Mountain announced a final benefits agreement today that will see B.C. workers having priority for construction jobs resulting from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project.

  • … The initial benefits agreement was announced in January 2017 when the provincial government announced its five conditions had been met by Trans Mountain, allowing for the Province’s support for the pipeline project.
  • The agreement includes a “British Columbians First” hiring and contracting policy for project work within B.C. Trans Mountain and its subcontractors will endeavour to hire locally and contract with B.C. qualified and competitive businesses and First Nations first for building, operating and maintaining the pipeline. The project is expected to generate more than 75,000 person years of employment …

 

Changing job market trips up bid to retool schools

Efforts to re-engineer education run risk of missing the mark in evolving economy: expert

Business In Vancouver April 11, 2017

https://www.biv.com/article/2017/4/changing-job-market-trips-bid-retool-schools/

Nearly a year after the 2013 provincial election, the B.C. government unveiled a plan to re-engineer the province’s education and training systems.

  • Funding, partnerships and new curricula would be needed to meet the one million jobs expected to open in the province by 2022, many of them requiring post-secondary education and training for trades and skills-based work. In the two years after the release of the “skills for jobs blueprint,” the government made good on many of its promises, earmarking nearly $8 million in new youth trades funding, opening more than 3,000 critical trades seats at post-secondary institutions and establishing a $30 million fund for skills training in First Nations communities.
  • … “The government responded to the companies who were looking at investment and restructured the skills training. It needed restructuring, but they did it in a way that really focused on one aspect of the economy, which was construction,” Simpson added. “It’s been a real struggle to get the government to move and support skills development in a more aggressive way.” …

 

ALBERTA

Jobs data more good news for Alberta economy, but concerns remain

Edmonton Journal April 10, 2017

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/jobs-data-more-good-news-for-alberta-economy-but-concerns-remain

Edmonton is sharing in Alberta’s recent strong job growth as the city continues to recover from the crash in oil prices.

  • The capital region gained 6,400 jobs last month, part of the province’s unexpectedly large increase of 20,400 positions that was concentrated mainly in the categories of finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing, wholesale and retail trade, and manufacturing.
  • Stability in the price of West Texas Intermediate oil, now trading at about $52 US a barrel, is seen as a major cause for the improvement …

 

Two Alberta economies: 20,000 new jobs, but not much for laid-off energy workers

Calgary Herald  04/07/2017

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/alberta+economies+jobs+much+laid+energy+workers/13287514/story.html

The latest jobs report spins a tale of two economies in Alberta. Statistics Canada’s labour market survey for March shows that 63,000 people — roughly the population of Medicine Hat — have been unemployed for six months or longer.

  • There haven’t been this many workers out of a job for so long since before the recession began. It suggests the pain of mass layoffs in the oilpatch continues to be felt by many Alberta families.
  • Their struggle remains, despite growing indications Alberta’s economy has turned a corner. The latest signal came from the very same jobs report, which suggested the province created a stunning 20,000 jobs last month, all of them full time.
    • “The Alberta economy as a whole is robust; it’s strong, certainly relative to other provinces,” economist Trevor Tombe said. “I’d still say it’s the strongest economy in Canada, except it has a pretty big chunk of workers and businesses that are in a very sharp and deep downtime right now.” …

 

 

CANADA

When it comes to the economy, Quebec has earned top bragging rights in Canada

Global News april 10, 2017

http://globalnews.ca/news/3348591/quebec-budget-economy-canada/

With seven out of 10 provincial budgets out, Quebec stands out as one of the stars.

  • Not only did the province post its third consecutive balanced budget, it is one of the few so far, along with British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, to project no deficits for several years. (P.E.I. does expect a small deficit for 2016-2017 but forecasts three years of surpluses after that.)
  • But Quebec even had room for about $1 billion worth of income-tax cuts and a spending boost of 4.1%, much of which will go to health care and education.
  • Quebec expects a budget surplus of $250 million for 2016-2017, which is on top of over $2 billion the province is stashing away in its Generations Fund, meant to pay off the province’s debt …

 

New internal trade deal expected to add billions to Canadian economy

The inter-provincial accord covers most Canadian industries …

The Canadian Press April 10, 2017

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/regulation/new-internal-trade-deal-expected-add-billions-canadian-economy-190375/

A new internal-trade deal that will remove domestic trade barriers is expected to add billions of dollars to the economy, but an agreement on booze will have to wait.

  • The Canada Free Trade Agreement … takes a “negative list” approach, meaning it automatically covers all sectors except when exemptions are listed. Exempt sectors include taxation, water and tobacco control. …
  • Officials have struggled to pin a number on the potential economic benefits of the agreement, but Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid … said the deal is expected to add $25 billion a year to the economy …

 

NEW INTERNAL TRADE AGREEMENT FAILS CANADIANS

MacDonald Laurier Institute April 7, 2017

http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/new-internal-trade-agreement-fails-canadians/

The newly-announced Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) between Ottawa and the provinces fails to create the unified barrier-free national economic space that Confederation promised us 150 years ago.

  • … With this agreement the premiers continue cavalierly to negotiate away Canadians’ rights to work, buy and sell in every part of the country under uniform and fair rules …
  • In reality the agreement is more preoccupied with establishing and protecting the exceptions to free trade within Canada than it is to establishing and protecting that fundamental principle.
  • … The CFTA does represent modest progress on reducing barriers to government procurement. It also creates stiffer penalties for failure to abide by the agreement. But the single biggest innovation in the agreement, the so called “negative list” of exclusions to the principle of free trade, is in fact an “own goal” by the premiers.
    • Since the exceptions represent the majority of the new agreement, the negative list approach at last lays bare the true scale of the barriers to free trade in Canada for all to see. Rather than making actual progress, “the provinces have simply been forced to make explicit the barriers they have no intention of dismantling”, …

 

Residential Construction Activity to Cool Off This Year, While Non-Residential Construction Rebounds

The Conference Board of Canada March 30, 2017

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/press/newsrelease/17-03-30/residential_construction_activity_to_cool_off_this_year_while_non-residential_construction_rebounds.aspx

Following a relatively weak 2016, residential construction activity in Canada is poised to see a modest decrease in 2017 as the number of housing starts is expected to decline to this year, according to … On the other hand, non-residential construction is expected to return to growth in 2017, thanks to government infrastructure spending.

  • “Not only is the residential construction industry seeing a downturn in housing starts, spending on home renovations is now showing signs of weakness too. In all, we expect price-adjusted spending growth in the residential construction industry to average less than 1% per year through 2020,” said … “Meanwhile, non-residential construction is positioned for a turnaround this year, led by growth in the institutional segment and increased investment in warehouses and hotels.” …

 

Mexicans – from farm workers to software developers – increasingly look to Canada for jobs

Global News April 10, 2017

http://globalnews.ca/news/3368118/mexicans-canada-jobs/

Mexicans are increasingly looking to Canada for work, as U.S. President Donald Trump talks tough on immigration policy, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau uses exactly the opposite rhetoric.

  • The share of Mexican searches for jobs in Canada was up by nearly 50% in March, compared to the week before the U.S. election in November, according to online jobs site Indeed.com.
  • Increased interest in Canada by Mexican job seekers is “likely a result of waning interest in the U.S.,” said Indeed economist Daniel Culbertson.
    • Around 15% of online job searches originating from Mexico are now directed at Canada, up from about 10% shortly before Trump’s election, according to Indeed …

 

Loblaw planning to open 30 new stores, upgrade 500 others

The grocery and pharmacy chain’s $1.3 billion initiative is expected to create thousands of construction and retail jobs

The Canadian Press  April 13, 2017

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/financing/loblaw-planning-to-open-30-new-stores-upgrade-500-others-this-year-190673/

Loblaw … plans to open 30 new stores and renovate more than 500 existing stores as it continues to adapt to changes in the food retail sector.

  • The grocery and pharmacy giant said the investment includes the continued roll out of its Click & Collect e-commerce, improved health and wellness services, and the inclusion of fresh food at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
  • Loblaw said the moves will invest about $1.3 billion into the economy and create an estimated 10,000 retail, trade and construction jobs.
    • Thursday’s announcement comes almost exactly a year after the company said it planned to build 50 new stores and renovate 150 others as part of a $1.3 billion revamp and expansion …

 

There’s a Massive Retail Job Fair Happening in Toronto Next Week

Style Democracy APRIL 11, 2017

http://www.styledemocracy.com/toronto-retail-job-fair/?utm_content=buffer78993&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

If you’re looking for a career in fashion, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s a massive retail job fair happening in Toronto next week. The Retail Council of Canada has partnered with the City of Toronto to offer up over 800 career and seasonal work opportunities with some of the nation’s most reputable retailers.

  • Taking place at the Toronto Reference Library on Tuesday, April 18th, the spring job fair is open to Toronto residents ages 16 and up. All those interested in participating must pre-register the day of the event. You can get full instructions on how to register here.
  • Here’s a list of some of the confirmed retailers who will be hiring at the retail job fair: [see article] …

 

UNITED STATES

 

U.S. Jobless Claims Fell to 234,000 Last Week

Claims have stayed below 300,000 for 110 consecutive weeks

Wall Street Journal April 13, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-jobless-claims-fell-to-234-000-last-week-1492087184

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits decreased last week, a sign of continued health in the U.S. labor market.

  • Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., fell by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 234,000 in the week ended April 8, the Labor Department said Thursday …

 

GLOBAL

Global trade is set to rise but the shadow of protectionism looms, WTO reports

The Associated Press April 12, 2017

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/exporting-and-importing/global-trade-is-set-to-rise-but-the-shadow-of-protectionism-looms-wto-reports-190583/

The World Trade Organization is predicting an uptick in global trade this year and next after a lacklustre 2016, while cautioning that uncertainty about policies like protectionism and anti-globalization present risks to its forecast.

  • The Geneva-based trade body … is projecting trade growth of 2.4% this year, from 1.3% in 2016, which was the slowest pace since the height of the financial crisis in 2008.
  • Uncertainty over global trade is particularly high. For this year’s forecast, WTO Director-General … set a range of between 1.8% and 3.6% depending on factors including the interest rate environment, fiscal policy, the results of upcoming elections, and the level of appetite for more protectionist or anti-globalization policies.
  • WTO’s expected range for trade growth in 2018 runs from 2.1% to 4% …

 

Constant power outages symptom of Puerto Rico’s crumbling economy

Last year, the U.S. territory reported more than 54,000 power failures; Puerto Rico’s government can’t provide a cash infusion as it faces major budget cuts and struggles to restructure $70 billion in public debt

The Associated Press April 11, 2017

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/financing/constant-power-outages-symptom-puerto-ricos-crumbling-economy-190455/

Shuttered businesses. Spoiled food. Damaged appliances. A recent increase in power outages is taking a heavy toll on Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory’s heavily indebted public power company struggles to modernize decades-old equipment that is crumbling amid a deep economic crisis.

  • The frequent loss of power, coupled with rising power bills, is spooking potential investors. It has frustrated business owners who complain of lost revenue and forced homeowners to buy new appliances amid unexpected surges …

 

BUSINESS & MARKET

Weekly Market Update (Apr 10 – Apr 13, 2017)

EdwardJones April 13, 2017

https://www.edwardjones.ca/market-news-guidance/recent-news/weekly-recap.html

Stocks ended the week down about a percent. Investors gravitated towards safety during the week, with defensive sectors such as telecom and consumer staples outperforming. Meanwhile, financials led on the downside.

  • Our Quarterly Market Outlook:
    • The strength of the stock market rally has waned a bit in recent weeks, but equities are still holding on to gains with Canadian stocks up 3%, U.S. stocks returning 5%, and overseas equities gaining 7% so far this year1.
    • Geopolitical tensions and legislative challenges in Washington have provided some balance against the improving global economic outlook and the expected rebound in corporate earnings, but markets have not overreacted.
    • The outlook remains positive, in our view, but we don’t expect this level of serenity to persist indefinitely.  Now is a good time to review portfolios, rebalance equity/fixed-income allocations to the middle of the appropriate portfolio objective range, and broaden asset-class diversification …

 

B.C.’s forest industry faces marketplace headwinds

Business in Vancouver April 11, 2017

https://www.biv.com/article/2017/4/bcs-forest-industry-faces-marketplace-headwinds/

Anyone who read the most recent federal budget could be forgiven for thinking that the most important sector in Canada is clean tech. While there are opportunities to expand that sector, policy-makers would be wise to recognize that exports from natural resource industries like forestry are still the “lifeblood” of Canada’s economy

  • The recent federal budget barely mentions traditional industries like forestry, which in B.C. accounts for one out of every four manufacturing jobs and 20% of all exports moving through the Port of Vancouver and contributes $12 billion in provincial gross domestic product.
  • … But to put things in context … exports from B.C.’s entire clean-tech sector had the value of the exports from a single B.C. forestry company: Canfor Corp. (TSX:CFP).
    • “I’m not saying clean tech isn’t important, but I’m saying to policy-makers, ‘Don’t spend your time riveted on this opportunity,’” … “Let’s look at the existing portfolio that we have.” …

Trump’s public job demands put automakers in precarious position

Because the country is so politically polarized, a PR mistake for or against an issue could touch off a boycott that can quickly hurt a company, or attract unwanted attention by an administration with a quick twitter finger

The Associated Press April 11, 2017

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/manufacturing/trumps-public-job-demands-put-automakers-precarious-position-190428/

President Donald Trump’s relentless push for more manufacturing jobs has forced the auto industry into a delicate dance of contradictions in order to keep him happy, tell the truth, and avoid alienating customers in both red and blue states.

 

Index of Consumer Confidence: March 2017

The Conference Board of Canada, March 28, 2017

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/e-library/abstract.aspx?did=8754

The monthly Index of Consumer Confidence is constructed from responses to four attitudinal questions posed to a random sample of Canadian households.

  • Document Highlights
    • The Conference Board of Canada’s Index of Consumer Confidence rose 1.1 points in March to 111.7 (2014 = 100).
    • The increase followed a 9-point surge last month … the national index sits at its highest level since January 2010.
    • Canadians felt that their household finances had worsened in March, but the balance of opinion improved on the other three survey questions.

 

Manufacturing sales slip 0.2% in February, says Statistics Canada

The Canadian Press April 13, 2017

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/sales-and-marketing/manufacturing-sales-slip-0-2-per-cent-in-february-says-statistics-canada-190714/

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.2% in February to $53.6 billion as the motor vehicle assembly and petroleum and coal product manufacturing industries declined.

  • Economists had expected a drop of 0.7%, according to Thomson Reuters. Factory sales were down in 10 of the 21 industries, representing 37% of the Canadian manufacturing sector. In volume terms, sales ticked up 0.1%.
  • Sales in the motor vehicle assembly industry fell 5.3% to $5.7 billion, while the petroleum and coal products industry dropped 5.0% to $5.1 billion.
  • Sales fell in seven provinces, led by Ontario, which fell 1.1% to $25.7 billion. Sales in Quebec rose 2.1% to $12.9 billion.

 

Chevron said to be exploring sale of Canadian oilsands stake worth about $2.5 billion

Reuters April 13, 2017

http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/chevron-exploring-sale-of-canadian-oilsands-stake-worth-about-2-5-billion-sources-say

Chevron Corp, the second-largest U.S.-based oil producer, is exploring the sale of its 20% stake in Canada’s Athabasca Oil Sands project, which could fetch about $2.5 billion …

  • … The possible sale comes after Royal Dutch Shell last month agreed to sell most of its Canadian oil sands assets to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd for $8.5 billion …

 

Oil demand growth slows for second year

BBC News April 13, 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39588363

Demand for oil is expected to slow for the second year in a row, the International Energy Agency has said.

  • The forecast comes after years of excess supply, which last year prompted major oil producers to agree to cuts in output.
  • The IEA said the oil market was now “very close to balance.” But the organisation predicted supply would grow in coming months, with US oil-producing firms driving the increase …

 

ARTICLES

Preparing adult workers for the artificial intelligence revolution

Institute for Research on Public Policy April 7, 2017

http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/april-2017/preparing-adult-workers-for-the-artificial-intelligence-revolution/

The artificial intelligence (AI) revolution has begun, and it’s going to take all of us — government, businesses and employees — to steer through the resulting workforce disruption.

  • More than just helping our kids avoid jobs that machines will take over in the future — from driving trucks and reading X-rays to picking stocks and balancing the books — we need to look at ways of retraining the millions of adults who will be displaced by machines and get them back doing meaningful, relevant work.
  • Change is happening so fast that waves of today’s professionals — educated, established, many in mid-career — may see their jobs swept away with the technological tide … face what the World Economic Forum calls the fourth industrial revolution. What happens when their jobs disappear? What do they do? …
  • The reality is, employment in Canada will go down before it comes back up, as AI continues to perform repetitive, predictable tasks more quickly and cheaply than humans. There will be casualties in corporate corridors once deemed bulletproof. Suddenly, adult retraining has become a hot topic …

 

Canada needs to shake up trade priorities to respond to Trump, says Conference Board of Canada

A report published by … says Canada should make itself more attractive to foreign investment, seek to leverage NAFTA modernization and pursue trade deals outside of the U.S.

Canadian Manufacturing.com  April 13, 2017

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/exporting-and-importing/canada-needs-to-shake-up-trade-priorities-to-respond-to-trump-190695/

According to a new report from The Conference Board of Canada’s Global Commerce Centre, Canada needs to refocus its international trade and economic priorities to account for Trump and U.S. protectionism.

  • “Canadian trade with the U.S. has flat-lined over the past decade, and a protectionist Trump agenda gives us a good reason to reconsider what is next for Canada in terms of international trade, investment and immigration,” said Glen Hodgson, senior fellow, The Conference Board of Canada …

 

Jobtobe app allows users to outsource odd jobs

Global News April 11, 2017

http://globalnews.ca/news/3370820/jobtobe-app-allows-users-to-outsource-odd-jobs-to-jobbers/

Imagine you can hire a freelancer to take care of your chores? There’s an app for that. Social workers Nancy Burrows and Karo-Lyne Brousso launched Jobtobe which connects employers to “jobbers.”

  • The idea came to them as the pair needed to balance their busy worklife, families and household tasks. “We had lots of needs; we needed somebody to walk the dog, to mow the lawn, to make a sushi platter,” … “Maybe we could create something, a platform, a place where people could meet and get stuff done.”
    • The app has been available across the country since the beginning of spring, and the pair expects it to grow very quickly in the following months …

 

Shortage of Physiotherapists Limits Access For Some Canadians

The Conference Board of Canada March 28, 2017

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/press/newsrelease/17-03-28/shortage_of_physiotherapists_limits_access_for_some_canadians.aspx

Growth in the employment of physiotherapists has been keeping pace with the sharp increase in demand for their services. This growth, however, has been largely concentrated in the urban centres of Canada’s most populated provinces leaving those on the outskirts underserviced

  • … From a sustainability perspective, there is not an abundant supply of physiotherapists to satisfy a dramatic rise in demand, especially in rural and remote communities.
  • As of 2014, the unemployment rate for all professions in Canada was 6.9%. With the unemployment rate among physiotherapists around 0.3%, there is no surplus to help alleviate the rising demand and exhausted supply in some areas of the country …

 

Freedom 85? Baby boomers working longer, redefining retirement

Retirees expected to slow Canada’s economic growth in coming years

CBC April 11, 2017

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/baby-boomers-wanted-workforce-economic-growth-1.4058250

As the biggest demographic wave in Canada’s history reaches retirement age, the province of Nova Scotia believes it knows how to weather the looming economic storm: encourage baby boomers to work longer.

  • “Likely our workforce participation overall will go down as more people retire than are joining the workforce,” … “But, we’re also looking at opportunities created by an aging demographic.”
  • Nova Scotia is the first government in the country to set up a department devoted entirely to seniors, a one-stop shop for all issues that relate to the province’s aging population.
  • “Right now in Nova Scotia, 19% of our population is over 65. By 2040 that will grow to 30%. More and more, all of our policies and programs will need to have a ‘seniors lens’ applied to them.” …

 

Immigration in BC: A Complex Tapestry

Business Council of British Columbia April 7, 2017

http://www.bcbc.com/publications/2017/immigration-in-bc-a-complex-tapestry

Immigration has long played a central role in BC’s labour market and economy more generally. As our population steadily ages and more baby boomers retire and exit the workforce, immigration is poised to be an ever bigger factor in the evolution of the labour market.

  • Given the demographic landscape, attracting talent from other jurisdictions will be increasingly important. The degree to which BC is able to develop a workforce to enable our companies to grow and compete depends in large measure on our ability to attract skilled individuals from abroad.
  • This edition ofPolicy Perspectives offers a review of immigration. Most of the focus is on BC, but for context and to tease out a few potential policy implications, some comparisons are made with other provinces. This review examines statistics on how many immigrants arrive each year and the different immigration pathways to permanent residency.

 

Understanding Wealth Inequality in Canada

The Frawer Institute April 12, 2017

https://www.fraserinstitute.org/studies/understanding-wealth-inequality-in-canada

This paper addresses two questions. First, is wealth inequality in Canada increasing? Second, what is driving the wealth inequality that we observe?

  • The empirical evidence presented in this study strongly suggests that, at least in recent decades, wealth inequality in Canada has not increased. As well, the evidence presented here appears to support the view that the Life-Cycle Hypothesis, which tells us that, for most people. wealth accumulation is a steady, lifelong process, is the dominant explanation for observed differences in wealth.
  • Specifically, we note that there has been a 17% decline in the Gini Coefficient (the most popular indicator of inequality) on Canadian net worth between 1970 and 2012. As well, both top decile share and top quintile share have declined over the same period, although by a smaller percentage.
  • The fact that wealth inequality has not increased has led many in the social justice community to focus attention, rather, on the degree of wealth inequality. The fact that the top 20% of Canadians own about 67% of the wealth and the bottom 20% own none has been the subject of much attention and outrage …
  • More from this study …

 

REGULAR LABOUR MARKET RESOURCE INFORMATION LINKS

Labour and Employment Data

http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/page/2828/

Find statistics and analysis on the labour force, employment issues (such as hours worked, number of employees and payrolls) and income. Learn more about the various surveys conducted by Statistics Canada and access the data …

 

B.C. 2025 Labour Market Outlook

https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Information/B-C-s-Economy/Reports.aspx

Labour market information can help job seekers make comparisons when looking for a job or moving to a new place. It can also help business owners identify new markets for their service or product, or to decide where to expand if theirs is a business that requires a high number of workers or workers with a particular skill set. [Replaces 2022 Outlook.]

 

B.C.’S Top Health Careers

https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Information/Jobs-in-Demand/Top-Health-Careers.aspx

B.C.’s health sector employed 227,000 workers in 2015, one of the largest sectors in terms of the number of workers. The sector is also one of the fastest-growing industries, with employment growing at an average rate of 3.2% each year in the past decade …

 

Explore Careers

https://www.workbc.ca/Jobs-Careers/Explore-Careers.aspx

Discover the career of your dreams. Explore 500 career profiles and get all the details you need, from job duties and wages to projected demand in your region.

 

Industry Profiles

https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Information/Industry-Profiles.aspx

Learn everything you need to know about B.C. Industries, including employment, wages, outlook and more. Access profiles and see employment gains and losses by industry for 2013 at a glance.

 

Regional Profiles

https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Information/Regional-Profiles.aspx

B.C.’s development regions are diverse and have unique labour market conditions.  Here you’ll find labour market details on each of the seven regions, as well as employment outlooks over the next 10 years.

 

Blueprint Builder

https://www.workbc.ca/blueprintbuilder

Blueprint Builder is your online career planning tool that contains essential career, education and job search resources to help you plan your career path. Discover career options, find the right education and funding, and target jobs in your selected field.

 

Career Compass

https://www.workbc.ca/careercompass

Try a selection of Career Quizzes (Abilities, Work Preferences, Subjects) to help you gain insight into an appropriate career direction

 

Career Trek

http://www.careertrekbc.ca

95 video based career profiles, averaging five minutes in duration, to provide insights into choices you make.

 

Cost of Living Calculator

http://www.costofliving.welcomebc.ca

Are you new to B.C. or thinking of moving here? Need help deciding where to live and work? The Cost of Living Calculator can help you make the right move!

 

Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS)

http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=5217

The purpose of this survey is to collect detailed information about unmet labour demand. The survey collects information from Canadian employers about the number of job vacancies and wage estimates by occupation, for all economic regions and industries. Information is compiled quarterly. The link above is for the most recent quarterly data release.

 

Nelson, BC – Community Profile Fall 2015

http://www.cbrdi.ca/wp-content/uploads/Nelson_2015_Profile.pdf

Contains a host of area related data including information on Labour Force Activity 2014, Labour Force by Occupation 2011, Labour Force by Industry 2014, Employment by Industry 2014, Median Hourly Wage by Industry 2014, Median Commute Duration 2011, Place of Work Status 2011.

 

Castlegar, BC – Community Profile Fall 2015

http://www.cbrdi.ca/wp-content/uploads/Castlegar_2015_Profile.pdf

Contains a host of area related data including information on Labour Force Activity 2014, Labour Force by Occupation 2011, Labour Force by Industry 2014, Employment by Industry 2014, Median Hourly Wage by Industry 2014, Median Commute Duration 2011, Place of Work Status 2011.

 

Trail, BC – Community Profile Fall 2015

http://www.cbrdi.ca/wp-content/uploads/Trail_2015_Profile.pdf

Contains a host of area related data including information on Labour Force Activity 2014, Labour Force by Occupation 2011, Labour Force by Industry 2014, Employment by Industry 2014, Median Hourly Wage by Industry 2014, Median Commute Duration 2011, Place of Work Status 2011.

 

2016 Best Workplaces in Canada

While there is no single right way to create a great workplace, the very best companies have managed to create a culture where employees TRUST the people they work for, have PRIDE in what they do, and ENJOY the people they work with. And the winners are:

Best Workplaces in Canada – Large and Multinational / Best Workplaces in Canada – Medium / Best Workplaces in Canada – Small

Best Workplaces in Canada for Women & Download our The Globe & Mail report

 

BC’s Top Occupations

Our top occupations are largely based on the projected job openings to 2024. These openings include new jobs created through economic growth as well as replacement jobs due to retired workers.

https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Information/Jobs-in-Demand/Top-Occupations.aspx

 

Labour Organizations and Unions – contact info and websites

Our alphabetical listings of unions comprise their name and a link to the contact section of their website. This way you are assured that our listings are as up-to-date as the unions themselves keep them. If there is no website, their telephone number is shown.

http://www.shopunion.ca/unions

 

FACTSHEET: LNG project proposals in British Columbia

These are the export projects in various stages of development as of February 20, 2017

https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/factsheet-lng-project-proposals-in-british-columbia

 

Engineering Labour Market in Canada: Projections to 2025

https://www.engineerscanada.ca/labour-market-report

 

Companies in British Columbia & Alberta

Need to research specific companies? Manta has 206,218 companies under Companies in British Columbia and 160,819 companies under Companies in Alberta – see the links below for listings by category: basic company profiles are provided

http://www.manta.com/world/North+America/Canada/British+Columbia/ & http://www.manta.com/world/North+America/Canada/Alberta/

 

BC Jobs Plan

http://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/

 

BC Major Projects Inventory

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/economic-development/industry/bc-major-projects-inventory

The BC Major Projects Inventory (MPI) contains summary information on major projects in the Province of British Columbia, Canada, that are over $15 million (Cdn) capital cost, or $20 million in the Lower Mainland–Vancouver area.

 

Major Projects Inventories Across Canada

http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/StatisticsBySubject/BusinessIndustry/MajorProjectsInventory/MPIsAcrossCanada.aspx

 

Community Futures Central Kootenay Workshop Schedule

http://futures.bc.ca/workshop-schedule/

 

Top 100 Projects for 2016 – Canada’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects

http://top100projects.ca/2016filters/

 

Top Kootenay Employers – by Kootenay Business

http://kootenaybiz.com/top-employers

 

Alberta Labour Market Information

http://work.alberta.ca/labour/labour-market-information.html

 

Fort McMurray Labour Market Information

http://www.woodbuffalo.net/

 

Job Market Trends and News, for Canada and Individual Provinces

http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/LMI_bulletin.do?cid=3373&AREA=0011&INDUSTRYCD=&EVENTCD

 

LMI – Publications, for Canada and Provinces

http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/lmi/publications/index.shtml

 

PayScale – Salary Data & Career Research Center (Canada)

http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Country=Canada/Salary

 

Wage Search Tool – Job Bank

http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/wage-outlook_search-eng.do?reportOption=wage

 

Wages and Benefits Information – BC Fact Sheets

https://www.workbc.ca/Job-Seekers/Build-Your-Career/Working-in-B-C/Your-Rights-and-Responsibilities-as-a-Worker/Wages-and-Benefits.aspx

 

Average Salary in Canada – Average Canadian Salary

http://www.livingin-canada.com/work-salaries-wages-canada.html

 

WorkBC Labour Market Information

https://www.workbc.ca/Statistics/Labour-Market.aspx